1. Develop and lead opportunities for youth (grades 5 – 12) to gather together, develop relationships with one another and engage in the building & practice of Christian Community.
2. Create activities, and plan events, that allow youth to encounter Christ through worship, education, activities, and fellowship
Part-time/Nonexempt; Salaried 20 hours per week; supervised by the Associate Pastor
Essential Ministry Functions and Tasks
1. Plan youth worship service (weekly).
2. Organize youth participation in traditional worship service (monthly).
3. Develop, plan, and lead a variety of youth events and activities (grades 5-12) that include recreational, service and spiritual development components.
4. Follow UMCG Safe Sanctuary policy for all youth gatherings
5. Guide youth in their paths to spiritual development.
6. Recruit and train adult volunteers to participate in, support and lead youth activities and education.
7. Train adult volunteers in the application of the UMCG Safe Sanctuary policy.
8. Clearly communicate youth events/activities to youth, parents, adult volunteers, church staff and the congregation.
9. Work closely with the Director of Communications to promote scheduled youth events and activities and encourage youth participation within the congregation and the community.
10. Attend and participate in regularly scheduled meetings: church staff, Youth Council, others.
Occasional Ministry Functions and Tasks
1. Be available to youth as a friend, a confidante, a pastor. (believe this to be ‘essential’ as it is ongoing relationship)
2. Meet with youth and their parents outside of scheduled events/activities to listen and support.
3. Prepare and oversee the youth activity budget.
4. Assist pastors, as required, with Confirmation.
Important Personal Qualities
· Love God and his people.
· Possess strong leadership skills.
· Take initiative; self-starter with the ability to follow through. Responsible, reliable and organized.
· Flexible and willing to adjust plans to meet the changing needs of youth ministry.
· Tenacious; willing to continue on with ministry if/when something fails.
Qualifications and Educational Requirements
· Pastoral care/counseling background in working with youth.
· Knowledge and understanding of issues and spiritual growth dynamics of youth (grades 5 – 12).
· Understanding and ability to relate to people at many places along the Christian theological spectrum.
· Ability to communicate clearly and regularly through written, verbal and electronic means.
· Computer literacy; familiarity with Microsoft Office.
· CPR/First Aid certification.
Please forward resume or letter of interest to UMC of Geneva, 211 Hamilton Street, Geneva, IL 60134 or SPRC@genevaumc.org